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President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Penn State University in University Park, Pennsylvania
Date Posted 12/08/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Job Location : University Park Campus

Job ID #: REQ_0000021815

Job Type : Fulltime

Full Job Description

The Penn State University invites applications for the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. In 2021, Penn State joined in a collaborative partnership with the University of California and other leading universities to offer postdoctoral fellowship opportunities for promising scholars. A primary aim of the program is to prepare participants to be competitive candidates for tenure-track faculty positions across the University upon program completion.

The colleges of Engineering, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Information Sciences and Technology, Health and Human Development, Education, Liberal Arts, and the Eberly College of Science hope to appoint one or more Fellows in this round.

The University seeks applicants whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. The program is particularly interested in scholars with the potential to bring to their research and teaching the critical perspective that comes from a non-traditional educational background or an understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

Eligibility, primary mentor, and appointment

Applicants must have received a doctoral degree within five years before the start of the Fellow appointment. Current doctoral students must complete their doctorate on or before July 1, 2022. Applicants will need to indicate one of the faculty members in the above-mentioned colleges as their primary mentor, who will serve to advise and guide the research and career development of the Fellow. Applicants must also contact the identified faculty member prior to submitting the application. A request for a letter of support will be sent to the faculty mentor by the college once the application is submitted.

The annual award provides a salary of $53,000-$60,000, depending on the field and level of experience, and $10,000 for research, professional development, and moving expenses. Each award is for a 12-month period. A renewal of the fellowship for one additional term may be granted upon demonstration of successful research productivity and participation in program events. Successful applicants must present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States without restrictions or limitations. The University will not sponsor permanent employment visas for this fellowship.


The application, which is hosted on the University of California’s PPFP website, may be used to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship in one or more of the available programs. It can be reached by following the “Apply” link found at www.ppfp.psu.edu . Applications must also be submitted via https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/PSU_Academic/job/University-Park-Campus/President-s-Postdoctoral-Fellowship-Program_REQ_0000021815-1 . The application window runs from about September 1 to December 1 each year. Applicants should be prepared to provide a thesis abstract, an education and background statement, a research proposal, CV, a writing sample and contact information for a potential faculty mentor and references.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here .

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